Pair jailed for ‘significant role’ in drugs chain

Lewes Crown Court
Lewes Crown Court

Two men have been sentenced to a total of eight years in prison for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in Eastbourne.

Joshua Holder and Scott Garrett were each jailed for four years for their “significant role” in a drugs supply chain from South London to Sussex.

The judge, sitting at Lewes Crown Court on Friday afternoon (June 19) heard how the pair would hire out rental cars to deliver cocaine and heroin to Eastbourne between January and November 2013.

Holder, 28, from South London, and Garrett, 33, from Eastbourne, both had guilty pleas taken into account when determining their sentences.

Sarah Bailey, also from Eastbourne, was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment suspended for two years for being concerned in a supply of Class A drugs.

Bailey, 32, was also ordered to complete a medium-intensity drugs rehabilitation programme for six months and carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. Her guilty plea was also taken into account.

Samuel Ojo, 21, who pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a jury after trial, was sentenced to two years in prison for being concerned in a supply of Class A drugs, suspended for two years. He was also excluded from Eastbourne.

The court heard how police officers approached Bailey and Ojo when they were parked outside a pharmacy on Bolton Road on June 11, 2013. Ojo, who was in the passenger seat, was asked to get out of the car and as he did so, he was seen to have two mobile phones and a quantity of cash in his hand.

Upon searching the car, police found nine wraps of cling film - three containing diamorphine and six containing cocaine. In Bailey’s handbag, officers found a spoon with brown powder on it.

Bailey later tested positive to cocaine and opiates, while Ojo tested negative for both.

On September 17, 2013, police officers stopped a car being driven by Holder. His behaviour was very erratic and he was taken into custody. A single wrap of diamorphine was found under the driver’s seat. He tested negative for cocaine and opiates and was released on bail.

He was arrested for a second time in September, in relation to the incident with Bailey and Ojo in June. He was found to have £270 on him and was bailed for further enquiries.

On October 7, 2013, Holder was stopped by police as there was a smell of cannabis coming from his vehicle. Police seized £1,300 and two wraps of white powder, which was later found to be soap powder.

On November 8, 2013, Garrett was arrested in relation to Bailey and Ojo’s arrest in June. He tested negative for opiates but positive for cocaine.

On November 24, 2013, Holder was again stopped by police due to the smell of cannabis coming from his car. He was found to have £860 in his wallet and hidden in both of his shoes.

The analysis of mobile phones belonging to all four defendants found communications relating to the delivery and supply of drugs from London to Eastbourne.

Bailey and Ojo were seen to have a “lesser role” in the operation, acting as “runners” to drive the drugs from one location to the other. Bailey had refused to get involved on numerous occasions before she was stopped by officers on June 11. She had agreed to do it that one time to fund her drug habit.

Garrett and Holder were seen to have “significant roles” in the operation, setting up the supply chain and organising the transportation of drugs from South London to Eastbourne.